IOWA GOP: if you support equality, join the Democrats
February 8th, 2013
Now we like to think that humans react rationally, that if provided with sufficient knowledge we will take the action that predicts the best outcome. So we put warning labels on cigarettes and alcohol, post speed limits, run PSAs about overeating, and warn our friends about the people they date.
But we really aren’t a particularly rational species. So we smoke, drink, speed, overeat, and end up on Jerry Springer.
Yet some are rational. Some measure risks and advise of the best course. And there is a kind of evolutionary-modeled survival of the fittest in some settings.
Especially political settings. Those who make truly stupid decisions about predicting the will of constituents are soon removed from office (though, sadly, this rule does not apply to truly stupid character decisions or truly stupid policy decisions).
So it is particularly surprising to see a politician make a decision this truly breathtakingly stupid.
You see, in Iowa folks have gotten used to marriage being equal. Most either support marriage or don’t really care much at all. And the younger the voter, the more likely they are to support equality and think that you’re a bit of a loser if you don’t.
So a group of Republicans in Iowa have started thinking about – and talking about – the future of the Party. And how if it is to have one, they need to drop the crazy Ban Teh Gheys nonsense that seems to have less and less support each day.
Not so, says the Iowa GOP Chairman. And if you don’t agree then you’re not welcome in Spiker’s party (WCFCourier)
Appearing on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” show, GOP state party chairman A.J. Spiker, 33, of Ames, said his party “wants to be welcoming and we’re a big tent and we want to have people of a lot of different views that are part of the party.
“But what they also need to understand is that there is a gay marriage party in the state of Iowa and that’s the Iowa Democratic Party. The Republican Party embraces one-man, one-woman marriage and embraces the right of the people to vote on the definition of marriage,” he added.
So just in case you were confused about he apparent about-face that is going on in the Republican Party in much of the country, be informed that in Iowa, equality supporters are not welcome. If you believe in equality under the law, if you suppose that all people are created equal, or if you think that your sister or cousin or son are just as much an Iowan as anyone else and deserves to be treated at least as decently as a heroin addict, bank robber, or Catholic bishop, then know this: “there is a gay marriage party in the state of Iowa and that’s the Iowa Democratic Party.”
And if you were thinking that maybe this was something that you could agree to disagree about and that you wanted to support the principles of the Republican Party when it comes to economic or defense issue, why bother? Unless they dump Spiker and his ideology, the Iowa Republican Party won’t be around long enough to make it worth your time.
Now it’s possible that the members will respond by giving Spiker the boot. But, if not, voter registration forms can be found here.